As the 2020-21 academic year begins, colleges and universities are unveiling tentative plans for what teaching and learning will look like in the fall. Even as announcements are made, institutions know they need to be nimble enough to shift strategies to hybrid or all-virtual teaching models should the need arise.
For traditional universities, this means the continuation of a drastic shift in the way instruction has been delivered and received in the past. Faculty, who are novices at virtual teaching or who are disheartened at the thought of nixing face-to-face courses again can be overwhelmed by this news.
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Preparing local campus faculty for the fall COVID-19 environment and whatever that entails means taking a critical look at how you communicate and provide faculty preparedness.
Below, I’ve framed how University of Phoenix’s Faculty Training and Development has accomplished this to ensure that our faculty who taught at our physical campuses – or those new to the University – are completely prepared for the synchronous learning environment.